Publishing: The publishing process
In the second of our two part series on how to publish your own book, Mohammad Al-Ubaydli outlines the publishing process, including the all important ISBN, and describes how to start your own business
The system of international standard book numbers (ISBNs) has helped book buyers around the world to get hold of books from sellers and publishers.
Getting an ISBN for your book takes a little effort and a little money, but most of all it takes a little time for all the paperwork to be processed. So it is one of those jobs that you should do as soon as you can. Start by visiting www.whitaker.co.uk/newpublishers.htm and register through their standard service. The £71 ($94; a87) fee gets you 10 ISBNs. You can then apply these to any 10 books that you publish. If you publish more, you can buy more numbers in blocks of 100 or more--depending on how ambitious you feel--but you cannot buy individual numbers. The only remaining cost is for posting the completed form for every book.
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